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Ohio Football player Sam Wiglusz brings team success from OSU experience

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) – Sam Wiglusz did not have the typical path to the Bobcat football program. He instead walked on at Ohio State after graduating Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. He played for the Buckeyes for two season from 2019-2020, and 2021-2022 before transferring to play for Ohio University.

The wide receiver has played an important role in bringing Ohio success in their 7-3 season, and the team is even closer to a MAC title berth.

When Wiglusz first took step at Peden Stadium, he forged an instant connection with quarterback Kurtis Rourke and gained national attention for his performances.

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has been one of the best receivers in the country in a stacked receiver room at Ohio State. He along with a number of Buckeyes receivers, came to Peden Stadium to watch Wiglusz put 131-yards and two touchdowns in Ohio’s 45-24 victory over Buffalo two weeks ago.

After learning under and with the best, Wiglusz credits plenty of his success this season to his tutelage under Coach Ryan Hartline and the brotherhood at OSU.

“Those guys have made me faster than others, stronger than others,” he said. “I may not be the most physically gifted, but I took a lot away from what he taught. There’s guys of all different kinds of statures and builds that came from Ohio State and have done well in the NFL.”

His development has not slowed down in Athens. Ohio Coach DeWayne Dixon has continued to push Wiglusz to reach the highest level.

“Sam’s a good coachable player,” he said. “That takes the information from the classroom, and illustrations he sees. He’s able to matriculate it and make it useful one the field. He’s one of those guys that loves the game, he loves competing. He’s been at a place whose seen some great players play, and he wants his opportunity.”

Wiglusz has 59 catches for 714-yards and nine touchdowns through 10 games, and he’s far from finished.

“So far I think we’re very happy with where we are at,” he said. “Every goal that we could’ve had preseason is still in front of us, so that’s all you can ask for getting late into the season. Just got to keep executing to end up where we want to be.”

As the Bobcats continue their push for a first MAC title since 1968, they’ll count on Wiglusz to lead a talented receiver room.